There are certainly stranger ways to predict how winter will turn out, but for many cracking open a persimmon seed will reveal what is ahead.
“According to old-timers, persimmon seeds can be used to predict the severity of winter weather,” said The Farmers’ Almanac, “by opening the seed, a “knife“, “fork“, or “spoon” could be seen ultimately predicting winter weather ahead.”
If the kernel is spoon-shaped, expect plenty of snow to shovel. If it is fork-shaped, plan on a mild winter with powdery, light snow. If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect frigid winds that will “cut” like a blade.
So, what does the persimmon predict for Lamar County? Expect plenty of snow!
That’s right. Many locals have reported seeing a spoon when they opened a persimmon seed this year. In fact, not one person has reported seeing anything other than a spoon.
If you believe the seeds, the prediction is a windy, snowy cold winter. Combine this with the fact that The Farmer’s Almanac predicted a rough winter ahead months ago, and this does not bode well for people who hate snow!
Enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather while it lasts…we could be in for a white Christmas!
Photo: Persimmon Hill/Raintree Nursery